"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert, dressed as Caesar Flickerman from "Hunger Games", bid mournful goodbye to former presidential candidate Bobby Jindal on Wednesday's episode of the TV show. The Louisiana Governor announced that he is "suspending" his presidential campaign on Tuesday afternoon.
The talk show host has a tradition for those who decide to quit the presidential race. He gives them a "Hunger Games" sendoff, or specifically called as "Hungry for Power Games" farewell.
"The Hunger Games" movie is about battle between 24 children that is forced to participate in a televised royal rumble. The final installment of the series, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," will premier in U.S theaters on Friday.
In the TV show, Colbert remarked that "politics is a blood sport", while mimicking the accent of Ceasar Flickerman. Referring to Jindal's withdrawal to presidential race, the host said "a valiant campaign warrior has gone to that great pancake breakfast in the sky," in his most hungry and powerful tones.
After that, Colbert showed a clip of Jindal's speech during the Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting in 2013 where he said that the party should stop being "the stupid party" and must stop making bizarre comments.
How could that be possible then, Colbert amused, that "offensive and bizarre are in first and second place" in the current poll. In the latest survey, businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates.
Furthermore, Colbert joked about Jindal's announcement video that was shown like a reality show with cameras hidden around his backyard while his family told that he was running for president. The host said that filming behind the tree branch was "the closest he'll get to the executive branch."
According to an article published in Salon, Jindal dropped his presidential candidacy because he couldn't raise enough money for the campaign. Moreover, he never gained any attention from conservative evangelicals, despite pandering mercilessly for over a year.
Jindal entered the presidential race in June. After his candidacy announcement, he remained near the back of the Republican Party since then. In a recent poll survey, he persistently had low numbers that relegated him to the smaller televised events, Huffington Post published.
Jindal became the governor of Louisiana in 2008. Since then, he established himself as a hard-line conservative that displayed in his plans to downplay the need to address climate change.